One of Rowlett's largest employers, DR Horton, continues to invest in Rowlett as DHI Mortgage and DHI Title expand their offices. DHI Mortgage and DHI Title held the ribbon cutting and open house for their new building on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. View a video of the ribbon cutting.
The City of Rowlett hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Terra Lago lakefront development, near Scenic Drive and SH 66 (Lakeview Parkway), on Tuesday, September 8 at 10:30 AM. The developer for Terra Lago is Portfolio Development, LLC. Read the official press release (PDF).
Metrostudy, a leading provider of market information to the housing industry, presented at the 2014 Economic Summit hosted by the Dallas Regional Chamber. See how the DFW housing market is doing and how Rowlett stacks up (PDF).
On Tuesday, November 4, The Rowlett City Council approved an Economic Development Agreement with Briarwood Armstrong, LLC, for a new retail development located at 2801 Lakeview Parkway. The development will be anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market. Read the press release (PDF).
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are celebrating the opening of the last Orange Line segment to the new DFW Airport Station. The Aug. 18 opening means the country's longest light rail system links to the world's third-busiest airport.
"Connecting DFW Airport by light rail makes Dallas a more competitive, more attractive destination for business and travelers," said Acting Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan. "It's part of a sustained partnership over decades that's bringing billions in investment, more jobs, and a better quality of life to North Texas. Congress should pass the President's GROW AMERICA Act so that we can bring long-term support to more projects like this one in communities across the country."
In videotaped remarks presented at the DART to DFW dedication luncheon, Texas Governor Rick Perry extended his congratulations for the opening of the Orange Line's newest station.
"It's a great day for the people of the 13 cities who are a part of the DART System who now have another convenient, affordable way to catch a flight, and for people coming to North Texas to easily get to a business meeting, a family event, or just take in some of our state's many attractions," Perry said.
DFW Airport built the station as part of its Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program while DART's contractors focused on the rail line extension. According to DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, sharing construction duties allowed DART to open the station in mid-August, four months sooner than scheduled.
"We could not have achieved this rail opening early and under budget without the incredible partnership with DFW Airport," Thomas said. "Construction of the station and the Orange Line extension has been a true collaboration."
The 5-mile segment links newly renovated Terminal A and Belt Line Station, with continuing service to major regional destinations including Irving-Las Colinas, Dallas Market Center and downtown Dallas. With this opening, DFW Airport becomes the third-largest American airport with a direct rail connection to the city center.
"This is a momentous day for our customers and for DFW Airport, because passenger rail is a critical component to DFW's status as a top-tier international gateway," said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport. "With the DART Orange Line connecting DFW to downtown Dallas, DFW is now on a par with global hub airports that have integrated rail, which is a major selling point for customers and conventions."
Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison delivered the keynote address at DART's luncheon and shared stories of her legislative efforts alongside U.S. representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson and Pete Sessions.
"I can't tell you how many times I had the Secretary of Transportation say, 'Wow. We don't have another system in America that always comes in on time and under budget.' We're up there with New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia because we have a good record," Hutchison said.
In addition to Johnson and Sessions, Representatives Marc Veasey and Michael Burgess offered congratulations at the luncheon. Thomas also thanked Rep. Kenny Marchant for his support.
Creating Worldwide Connections
North Texas residents and visitors gain improved transit access to the airport and its growing roster of international and domestic destinations. Globe-trotting travelers have come to expect convenient public transportation to their destinations.
Regional leaders believe that light rail service from the airport to the rest of the DART Service Area will help attract everything from corporations to conferences. Access to the airport will be a great benefit for out-of-state and international students attending educational institutions like the University of Dallas, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Southern Methodist University and The University of Texas at Dallas - all located along DART Rail.
Offering a Better Commute
DFW Airport is one of the region's major employment centers. The rail connection provides a convenient and cost-effective way to commute for the nearly 60,000 people who work there.
"Employees, as well as employers, really value this connectivity and it will make it possible for employers to grow their operations and their employee talent pool, and that's a good thing for the airport," Donohue said.
Providing Convenience and Value
Early morning and late night trains ensure passengers and employees can get to their flights, work or home. The first Orange Line train departing downtown Dallas arrives at DFW Airport Station at 3:50 a.m. The last train departs DFW Airport Station for downtown at 1:12 a.m. weekdays; 12:12 a.m. weekends. View details about the station.
The City and Arcadia had their groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, June 26. This new development, located on Liberty Grove Road near Princeton Road, will diversify Rowlett's housing mix and will generate an excess of $1,500,000 in annual property tax revenues to the City. Learn more about this new development (PDF).
The "Shop Rowlett" campaign was started to encourage residents to spend dollars in the City of Rowlett, further creating and retaining jobs and generating more tax revenue for the city. According to the Small Business Administration, each year, small businesses employ more than half of the private U.S. workforce. These companies are the backbone of our economy and the reason the Chamber has launched the campaign. Help our fellow businesses and SHOP LOCAL.
On Tuesday night, May 6, City of Rowlett staff along with representatives from Integral Group and Catalyst Urban Development publicly unveiled Village of Rowlett, a proposed Town Center Development in the heart of downtown.
DR Horton’s East Division Office was constructed in late 2003. Over the past decade, the office has been in a growth mode. They began with 15 employees in 2003 and have expanded to 75+ employees in 2014. The new, 23,500 square foot two-story office building will be the third office building on the DR Horton campus and will be occupied by DHI Title and DHI Mortgage.
Each year, the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA) confers awards in recognition of outstanding contributions made by public libraries. Of 560 public libraries and library systems in the State of Texas, Rowlett Public Library was among 28 libraries receiving the award this year. This is the 9th consecutive year the Library has been recognized for the quality programs and services offered to further the continuing education and personal enrichment of community residents.
Texas has won Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup for 2013, the fifth time the Lone Star State has received the award under Gov. Rick Perry’s leadership. The award is given annually to the state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities announced over the year. Texas has previously won the Governor’s Cup in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2012.
Movoto created this list based on demographic and other data collected about cities with populations under 60,000. Sources included the U.S. Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FBI and their own real estate market data. Six criteria in total were surveyed:
Movoto found that Rowlett’s 57,703 residents earn a median household income of $82,466 — 56 percent more than the national average. They also determined that crime in Rowlett is quite low at 42 percent below the national average. Homes in Rowlett cost about 19 percent less than the average for the rest of the U.S. at a $161,400 median list price, with one home on the market in the city for every 164 people who live there. To round out the data, Rowlett’s 6.3 percent unemployment rate is 12.5 percent below the national average!
Home and community safety experts, SafeWise, paired data from the most recent FBI Crime in the U.S. Report, with their own thorough research to create a comprehensive list of the top 50 safest cities in Texas with 20,000 residents or more. Along with nominal crime in Rowlett, they found that “the stunning suburb of Dallas is family friendly, and believes in supporting its small business owners.” They went on to say “Rowlett is an educated community with over 30% of the adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher.” This designation is based on data from 2011, the most recent released by law enforcement agencies.
Rowlett's communications business, Link America, was ranked as the region's fastest-growing company by the Dallas Business Journal. Link America provides communications services for government and non-government networks. Andres Ruzo, Peru native, founded the company 20 years ago with additional offices in Costa Rica and a workforce of 60 employees. One of their projects was with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). The agency did about $3 million worth of work to construct three new towers; integrate into their system and replace communication components in DART tunnels. The company's revenue increased more than 7,000 percent from 2007 to 2011, $3 million to $214 million.
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